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For Immediate Release: June 8, 2007

FDNY Fire Marshals Reelect Union Representative:
Lester Layne Reelected to Second Term

New York City Fire Marshals have reelected Lester E. Layne as Fire Marshal Representative for a three-year term through July 31, 2010. Mr. Layne's second 3-year term officially begins August 1st.

In the vote count conducted by the American Arbitration Association on Thursday, June 6, Fire Marshal Layne, who is assigned to the Bureau of Fire Investigation (BFI) received 45 votes, Fire Marshal Scott Ringle (BFI) received 29 votes and retiree John Knox received 15 votes.

In Brooklyn, the FDNY's own data supports how underserved the borough is. In 1956 total firefighter emergency responses there were 20,466; 50 years later in 2006 emergency calls to our firefighters have increased 700% to 138,683. During that same period the number of engine companies serving Brooklyn has DECREASED by 9, including 4 in closed May 2003. It just defies common sense to be auctioning off critical and structurally viable firehouses while up to 60,000 new housing units are planned for the Brooklyn waterfront.

Layne is a 21 1/2 year FDNY veteran. He began his career in 1986 assigned to E-9. In 2000 he was promoted to the rank of Fire Marshal.

He is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law and is a licensed attorney in New York and New Jersey and admitted to practice in the Federal Courts of both states.